I just started reading this book on Friday, and despite being busy and not having much time, I stayed up late (which I never, ever do), came home early instead of going out with friends (also a rare occurance), and read all day today instead of watching TV like my normal Sunday activity.
Needless to say, this book had me absolutely captivated. When I did have to actually go an socialize and do what I was supposed to be doing, I was honestly sitting there thinking about this book.
So, I’m giving this book 5/5 stars, even if I am not entirely happy about how the way things ended. I mean, when a book has you so into it that you literally think about it all day until you finish it, I feel obligated to give it five stars.
Going into this book knowing it was a WWII historical fiction, I already knew it was safe to say that I would be crying at least once. However, the way Pam Jenoff told this story was so much more captivating and enthralling than I would have expected. This is my first read by Pam Jenoff, but I can assure you that it will not be my last.
Emma started out her life married to Jacob, a kind, sweet, and very political Jew. The Nazi’s took over Poland, where they lived, and Jacob went to join the resistance. Emma ended up in the ghetto with her parents, but the resistance smuggled her out and she took a new identity as Anna. She went to work for the Kommandant after he asked her to be his assistant.
I won’t reveal any more details than those that are in the description, but I will say that this romance novel literally twisted my heart. Anna tried to be faithful to her husband, but the resistance needed her to get close to the Kommandant. Pan Jenoff made the Kommandant a character you loved and hated. I sometimes even found myself rooting for him, for he had some really redeeming qualities. I even talked to my book-hating friends when I was forced to socialize instead of read while in the middle of reading this book about how could this possibly end well without breaking my heart?! Any fathomable ending would not completely satisfy me.
The book took me on a roller coaster of emotions and was one of the best stories I have read in quite a while, even though it has no fairy tale ending, that’s for sure. Now that I have finished it, I am going to have to coax myself back into reality. Or, I could drink some wine and wallow in my sadness and try to get back into reality tomorrow.
Whichever way I choose (probably wine), I am going to highly, highly recommend this book, but prepare your heart for whatever is coming! As for myself, I need another Pam Jenoff book to read now.